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Taco Tapas​

Although you might not tell from my posts, my wife and I do try and eat healthy. She came up with this idea after a visit to Rype and Readi farm market in St Augustine. We came home with several heads of hydroponic lettuce and organic tomatoes. The taco shells have been replaced by beautiful red lettuce leaves. For filling, we used chicken fillets  grilled with low sodium seasoning, which was then diced. After adding the chicken, the rest of the filling is diced tomatoes, olives, salsa and fine shredded cheese. To eat just pinch, fold, and eat! Hope you enjoy these delicious treats.

Banana Bread

My wife loves bananas. She always comes home with a bunch whenever she goes shopping.  Unfortunately, sometimes she doesn't eat them fast enough. This is a great recipe for those over ripe bananas.  Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas  2 tablespoons cane syrup 1 teaspoon molasses  2 cups AP flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon  1/4 teaspoon nutmeg  1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter  2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 egg 2/3 cup of milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract  1 teaspoon banana extract (optional) 1 cup chocolate chips Mash the bananas in your stand mixer. Add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and mix on low speed until well mixed. Add half the chips and fold them in batter. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.   Add the rest of the chips and lightly push them just below the top of the batter. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick co

Cranberry Relish

Every year for the holidays, my mother would make her cranberry relish. She would grind up all the ingredients by hand, then mix everything in a large bowl. Mom always ground up the citrus, rind and all, then add a lot of sugar to counter the bitterness of the rind. While shopping for supplies, I saw some beautiful fresh Florida strawberries. By zesting the oranges and lemon and then peeling them, I reduced the bitter flavor of the citrus rind. A pint of strawberries added sweetness, cutting the need for extra sugar greatly. Ingredients: 2 bags cranberries 2 navel oranges 2 small or one large apple 1 lemon 1 pint strawberries 1/4 cup of sugar Zest the oranges and lemon, then peel them. Grind everything, alternating between all the different fruits.  Add the zest and mix everything well. Refrigerate overnight and let all the flavors meld. Enjoy.